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Report: Rivers agrees to coach 76ers

Doc Rivers has reached agreement on a deal to become the next coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, ESPN reported on Thursday.

Rivers interviewed with 76ers general manager Elton Brand on Wednesday afternoon before meeting with the team’s ownership later that night. Rivers reportedly watched Wednesday night’s Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers with the Sixers’ brass.

It’s been a rapid turnaround for Rivers, who was dismissed as the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. That was 13 days after the Denver Nuggets overcame a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the Clippers from the NBA playoffs.

Rivers, who turns 59 on Oct. 13, has a 943-681 record in 21 seasons as an NBA coach. The victories rank 11th all-time. He also won the 2008 NBA title with the Boston Celtics and was voted the NBA’s Coach of the Year in 2000.

The Sixers fired coach Brett Brown on Aug. 23 after seven seasons following their first-round playoff sweep by the Boston Celtics. Brown finished his tenure in Philly with a 221-344 record, including 12-14 in the postseason.

Former Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, 69, and former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue were believed to be under consideration in Philadelphia.

–Field Level Media

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